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Oct 31
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Roland /BOSS Players Summit 2021 100人セッション「SOMEDAY」完成動画

"There was a virtual music festival in Japan named Roland/Boss Players Summit from October 8 to 10, where they collected videos to make a multi-screen video.   I applied and this is the finished video. My video will appear around…"
Oct 30
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Roland /BOSS Players Summit 2021 100人セッション「SOMEDAY」完成動画

Oct 30
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

プサルタリー 二本弓運弓 どうする? ① An Approach to Bowed Psaltery Double-Bowing 1

"Thank you for watching my videos, Brenda.  It’s so encouraging to have such nice comments from you.  "
Oct 19
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video
Oct 17
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

プサルタリーで弾く ト長調のメヌエット Minuet in G Major on Bowed Psaltery

"These videos are really great, Nozomi. Very clear and show exactly how you are bowing. "
Oct 17
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

プサルタリー 二本弓運弓 どうする? ① An Approach to Bowed Psaltery Double-Bowing 1

"An excellent instructional video. Thank you very much much, Nozomi."
Oct 17
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

プサルタリー 二本弓運弓 どうする? ① An Approach to Bowed Psaltery Double-Bowing 1

"The bowing adopted in this video for playing What a Friend is different from what I Introduced on this website about 7 to 8 years ago. (I looked for the article but I couldn’t find it.) This is because of the ‘fleeing outside’…"
Oct 15
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Whiskey before Breakfast on Bowed Psaltery with slow-motion replay プサルタリー スロー再生つき

"It has always been a great pleasure for me to post videos and articles on this website and have an exchange with wonderful people here, especially at the Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019 and at virtual festivals and gatherings during the…"
Oct 14
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Johanna M Bolton commented on Donna Malus's video

RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"I recognize that second song. It's from the movie Tammy ... I'm old enough to have seen it when I was a kid. Sweet melody. "I hear the nightingale sing to the dove, Ta-m-my, Ta-m-my, Tam-my's in love ..." Gorgeous instrument."
Sep 24
Johanna M Bolton posted a status
"Just finished ... 46 Folk Tunes for the Bowed Psaltery. It's up on Amazon: I would love feedback ..."
Sep 24
Lillian Morgan Evans is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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Brenda Mangan posted an event

QuaranTUNE 5.0 at The comfort of your own home, online through Zoom.

October 8, 2021 to October 9, 2021
QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival ( classes in Bowed Psaltery given by Tish Westman and Brenda Mangan. No registration fee, individual classes cost $10.30. Online through Zoom. Registration opens Sunday Sept 5th.See More
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Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's video

RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Hi Mary,  The first song is Sally Gardens (Down by the Sally Gardens) second song I'm not 100 % sure but I believe it's Tammy's in Love, and the third is Wayfaring Stranger.  The bowed psaltery is difficult to record and I…"
Aug 23
Pam Greene is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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New Psaltery Builder

Started by Rick Long in General BP Forum Jun 29. 0 Replies

My nephew began as my new apprentice in March of this year.  He had spent the last sixteen years in Japan as an English teacher.  His name is Matthew Balaam Long and is my brother's son.  I have been slowing down my production in preparation for…Continue

Double bowing

Started by Tim Hoke in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Jun 10. 1 Reply

Are there any resources out there for learning to use two bows, or am I on my own? I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet; I'm still new at this instrument, but at some point, I'll want to try it.Continue

Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

Started by Joyce Hibbard in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by julie stiles May 16. 11 Replies

I am seeking instructions to build or perhaps a diagram of a stand that I can put my Baritone Psaltery in.  It was built with no support insert so it is not able to have a screw mechanism in the back. Continue

Tags: Stands, Psaltery

Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Mar 8. 7 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

Tags: texas, austin

extended psaltery

Started by John O'Neill in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gail Van Amberg Jan 23. 1 Reply

Having built a Psimple Psaltery I want more. Has anyone built an extended bowed psaltery with range ambition of D4 to ? Quite happy with diatonic and stand-mounted. 15mm string spacing for pluck/hammer in addition to bowing. Tell me the problems,…Continue

Tags: design, range, extended, build

Lone Silent or Squealing String

Started by Kay F in General BP Forum. Last reply by Kay F Dec 17, 2020. 4 Replies

Am hoping that someone has an answer for me! On the right side of my psaltery, in the middle range, I have 1 sting , B, that stays silent when played. Or squeals - arggggh. Am not doing anything different from nearby strings when playing them. Any…Continue

Used Unicorn Strings Psaltery for sale

Started by Cathi Costa in For Sale Apr 28, 2020. 0 Replies

Unicorn Strings, 30 string— with note markers, one bow. Comes with original packaging as well as soft case (a $45. value.) Recently restrung, in great condition. $150. Plus shipping.Continue

Tags: soft, case, With, Strings, Unicorn

Spring Creek Psaltery

Started by Pam Rossetti in For Sale Jan 12, 2020. 0 Replies

Terry Kirby psaltery, bow,soft case and stand with tripod ..need to sell due to finances, perfect..350..less than a year oldContinue


Started by Diane E Baumer in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Nov 17, 2019. 3 Replies

Sorry to put this here but I haven't been able to find an admin contact.  I've been getting email, spammed from this site - thought someone should be aware.  If admin wants to message me, I can provide the information.Thanks!DianeContinue

Need string help

Started by Pamela Haskin in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman Oct 4, 2019. 3 Replies

I have a Dave Lucas soprano bowed psaltery and one of the shirt high note strings snapped. Does anyone know what gauge string I need? And where can I buy a string?


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Folk week

Posted by bob pryor on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am 0 Comments

hi all

In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.


New Psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on January 8, 2021 at 4:25am 0 Comments

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …


Thank You All at the Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Nozomi Nose on December 13, 2020 at 10:18pm 1 Comment

I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering.  I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen. 

Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…


2020 Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Mary Megrant on December 11, 2020 at 5:18pm 1 Comment

I am having a good time! Attended three workshops today. All three were taught by Tish Westman. I am so glad that I did this. It is much easier for me to be enthusiastic about music in a supportive musical community. It makes a HUGE difference in counteracting all the negativity I have been fed over the years about my musical abilities.

My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm 2 Comments

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…


New Strings?

Posted by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

App that as a psaltery ringtone

Posted by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…


We are safely back in Japan

Posted by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am 2 Comments

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…


Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am 1 Comment

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 



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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


to see his work visit

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall


New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas


Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at

or call him at



Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info
Melbourne, FL

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